Are the grounds of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion actually stretching or is it your imagination?
This definitely isn’t your imagination. On August 29, Disney announced that Disneyland Park is expanding the Haunted Mansion grounds, along with adding a brand new retail shop inspired by the one and only Madame Leota.
All of this is slated to occur next year, with construction beginning sometime in January 2024.
Here’s what to expect…
New expanded outdoor queue with themed-gardens
These additions will build on the story and lore of the Haunted Mansion, including by adding an expanded outdoor queue “to immerse guests in enhanced theming.”
Apparently, local legend suggests the Haunted Mansion manor was first built by a prosperous sea captain. As described by Disney, “The expanded queue will tie into these stories and more, including new gardens inspired by Master Gracey, Madame Leota, and the one-eyed cat.”
Hint: the objects found in Madame Leota’s garden will be inspired by her incantation!
These gardens will feature unique elements ranging from a water fountain and gazebo to a themed statuary and landscaping.
Guests will even able to see a new greenhouse where the groundskeepers for the Haunted Mansion grow their plants.
Don’t worry, the pet cemetery and horse-drawn funeral hearse will remain on the grounds.
Madame Leota retail shop
Adjacent to the attraction’s exit, guests will be able to browse the all-new shop themed after Madame Leota.
“This carriage house of the mansion, belonging to Leota, will be a standalone shop,” Disney teased.
That’s all we know so far.
An enhanced plaza
The plaza adjacent to Tiana’s Palace (the new restaurant opening September 7) will also see some enhancements.
An elegant park-like setting is coming and is described as a “place to relax and enjoy the ambiance and live entertainment under the shade of new and historic trees.”
If that isn’t enough, Disneyland is also going to take time during the expansion “to help improve the accessibility of these areas which includes a new elevator exit from the Haunted Mansion for guests with disabilities.”
Disney says they will share more details early next year. Which addition are you most excited for?
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